It is important to know the main rules about brushing and flossing that are the backbone of every oral hygiene routine. But do you think you know all the important things about the toothpaste and mouthwash? Let´s check it out.
When to use mouthwash?
People always believe using mouthwash is necessary after brushing their teeth, as this is what the instructions and adverts tell. An important factor of toothpaste is the amount of fluoride that it contains.
Everyone should be making sure that the fluoride in the toothpaste that they are using is 1450 ppm. Mouthwash only has 500ppm and some don’t even have that, so rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after you brush your teeth, means that you are replacing the 1450ppm fluoride with the 500ppm fluoride from your mouthwash.
However, the correct time to use mouthwash is actually in-between times of brushing, for example after your lunch or after dinner, that way you are giving your teeth an extra boost of fluoride.
Rinse with a mouthwash twice a day for maximum effects
Should you rinse your mouth out after brushing?
Another critical factor when brushing your teeth is not to use any water during brushing. You can wet your toothbrush before placing the toothpaste but don’t rinse the toothbrush under the water when brushing your teeth.
Also, you should spit out the excess toothpaste only at the end and avoid continuous rinsing with water. This way, the excess toothpaste is still in your mouth to help prevent decay.
What many patients don’t know about chlorhexidine mouth wash is that it shouldn’t be used as a regular mouth wash and should only be used when a patient has an infection in the mouth or has periodontal disease. It should also only be used for no more than 2 weeks as it can cause staining of the teeth and kill the natural bacterial fluoride in your mouth.
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